In awarding this 12 months’s prize the judges have been significantly impressed with the way in which through which Christian and Daniel have been in a position to mix an assured information of the know-how with a reputable software that offered actual worth to a selected set of customers.
Professor Luke Georghiou, Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The College of Manchester and one of many judges for this 12 months’s competitors stated: “Our dedication to pupil entrepreneurship is a crucial a part of our strategy to commercialisation of graphene.
“The inspiration and experience offered by Eli Harari mixed with the scientific excellence of our graphene analysis offers at this time’s winners the chance to have a jump-start on the trail to creating a major enterprise. I want them each success!”
Christian has simply efficiently accomplished his four 12 months PhD researching into Graphene-based sensors with a specific give attention to strain sensors and fabrication methods and offers the manufacturing and materials experience. Whereas Daniel, who’s in his ultimate 12 months of his PhD additionally researching graphene-based sensors, is ready to convey this and 6 years’ value of expertise in digital instrumentation to the design of the electronics and processing that can be wanted.
The winners wish to develop an revolutionary vary of recent sensors and actuators based mostly a patented know-how of single layer graphene movies supported by a skinny versatile polymeric membrane.
The brand new know-how has a variety of functions past the one offered to the judges and so as to begin discover the total potential of this thrilling know-how, Christian and his PhD supervisor, Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan setup Atomic Mechanics Ltd, a spin-out firm from The College of Manchester. Daniel has since joined the corporate as Lead Engineer.